7 FARC members die in military operations

Posted on May 13 2014 - 11:06am by Rico
Seven members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) died in two separate military operations in the departments of Antioquia and Guaviare, officials said.Three FARC members died on the night of May 9 in a clash with the Colombian Army in Antioquia. The day before the firefight, the Colombian Air Force bombed a camp in Guaviare, killing four FARC members. Colombian Gen. Juan Pablo Amaya stated the attack was targeting a high-ranking FARC leader believed to be residing in the camp.

“The target was Carlos Antonio Lozada. He did not fall on this occasion, but air, land and river efforts will continue,” Amaya told reporters.

Lozada is the leader of the FARC’s Eastern Bloc, replacing Mauricio Jaramillo, one of the terrorist group’s delegates engaged in peace talks with the Colombian government in Havana, Cuba.

An alleged FARC member who was wounded in the bombing was taken into custody.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who is running for re-election on May 25, has made ending the 50-year-old conflict a top priority.

Sources: AFP (Colombia); EFE (Colombia); El Tiempo ; El Colombiano